Lakes & Rivers
by a buffer of mature, second growth forest, Chemainus River is home to
Roosevelt elk, black bears, cougars and wolves, who forage along the riverbanks.
The river is home to Coho salmon and
Steelhead and some great Rainbow Trout.
The pools of the upper river are ideally
suited to the production of steelhead. The river also has numerous sensitive
ecosystems related to the floodplain and riparian vegetation.
Chemainus Rivers Copper Canyon is an awesome River to kayak in.
The Copper Canyon of the
Chemainus is a fun, moderately difficult whitewater run flowing off the
southeastern side of Vancouver Island.
While much of the river
runs through a wild canyon and there is great whitewater throughout, the second half of the
river boasts the most dramatic scenery.
The Copper Canyon is located about half way between Duncan and Ladysmith.